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Kid Rock Pataki & Cain Weigh In On Rocker for Senate

7/19/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kid Rock's getting a big endorsement, and a big thumbs down, even before he officially runs for a Michigan Senate seat -- in other words ... welcome to politics, Kid!

We got former U.S. Senator and New York Governor George Pataki in NYC, and he thinks the rock star is exactly the kinda candidate the GOP needs now. Ditto for Caitlyn Jenner, who's made some noise about possibly entering politics.

Rock launched KidRockforSenate.com Monday and posted campaign signs all over social media.

However, another staunch Republican, Herman Cain, crapped all over Candidate Kid and Caitlyn. Interesting ... the guy who backs Donald Trump clearly doesn't think all celebs are fit for office.

Cookie Johnson Lonzo Can Be The Next Magic ... Lakers Are Back!!

7/19/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Good news Laker fans ... a new era of Showtime could be right around the corner, that's according to Magic Johnson's wife, Cookie, who says Lonzo Ball has what it takes to be the next Magic.

Lonzo's been KILLIN' it in the Summer League, serving notice to the entire basketball world that he's really, really, good.

Question is, just how good can he be?

Cookie thinks he can be as good as her All-Universe husband, and told us as much when we got her out in Beverly Hills.

We'd say it's unfair to put such Hall of Fame expectations on the kid, but for some reason we think he's used to it.

'Big Brother' Star's Mom My Son's No Racist! He's Been the Victim of It

7/19/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Big Brother" fans got the wrong idea about Paul Abrahamian's "blackface" or "black mask" stunt ... at least according to his mom.

Paul's ma tells us the point of her son's plot -- which he hasn't actually pulled off yet -- is to poke fun at, and own up to the "snake" accusations his nemesis, Dominique, keeps hurling at him ... by dressing up as one.

Of course, she can't talk to Paul while he's in the house but insists he'd never race bait another 'BB' houseguest because he's Lebanese-Armenian, and has been called a terrorist and accused of being in the Taliban. So, she knows he wouldn't stoop to using racist tactics.

Mom wanted to speak up only because she's received death threats on social media like ... "Your house should burn down and everyone in it."

She says Paul's just putting together a funny, makeshift snake costume. Nothing more than that. Mom's honor. 

Johnny in 'The Room' 'Memba Him?!

7/19/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Tommy Wiseau is best known for playing the under-acted Tommy in the 2003 cult masterpiece 'The Room' ... which is the subject of Seth Rogen and James Franco's biographical new comedy 'The Disaster Artist.' Guess what he looks like now!

TMZ Live: R. Kelly: Alleged Victim Speaks!

7/18/2017 10:59 AM PDT

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Ryan Seacrest Still No 'Idol' Deal But ... Singers Find Him

7/18/2017 5:39 PM PDT

Ryan Seacrest may have found the next American Idol ... on the subway in NYC.

The morning talk show co-host was using public transpo Tuesday when a guy busted out a rousing rendition of "Stand by Me" ... so he started recording. The presumed host of the 'A.I.' reboot didn't seem to know all the words, but still enjoyed the show.

Ryan got a gentle reminder at the end, though -- this ain't an 'Idol' audition ... and filmed performances ain't free.

He should be able to afford it ... he's expected to bank $10-15 million to join the 'A.I.' team.

Ron White My 'Wife' Can't Divorce Me ... We're Not Married!

7/18/2017 5:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ron White's pending divorce just took another major twist -- because he says his so-called estranged wife isn't really his wife, anyway.

According to docs filed by Ron ... Margo Rey's divorce filing last month was totally bogus, because she was never legally married to him. Although they had a wedding ceremony in October 2013, White says they never got a marriage license.

As for Margo claiming they had a common law marriage in Texas -- Ron calls BS in the docs ... saying they never lived together there as husband and wife and "never represented to others that they were married."

He's also quick to point out there's no common law marriage in Cali ... so he wants the whole divorce tossed outta court. 

We reached out to Margo ... no word back so far.

Voice of 'Winnie the Pooh' Chill Out, China ... Prez Memes Are Flattering

7/18/2017 4:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

China's Internet crackdown on memes comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh is a major overreaction not worthy of even a bother ... according to the guy who gives Pooh a voice.

Jim Cummings -- the voice of Pooh since the '80s -- told us China and Prez Xi are taking the comparison all wrong, because it's actually a good thing. 

The memes started with a side-by-side image of Pooh and Tigger with a 2013 pic of Xi and President Obama -- and took off from there. Well, up until the government started blocking the images on all public sites and forums.

Jim, who also voices Tigger, advises a smackerel of Pooh's favorite food to calm the sitch -- but with nearly 1.5 billion people ... might take more than that.

R. Kelly's Alleged Captive Joycelyn Fed Up with Dad Quit Playing Games!

7/18/2017 1:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Joycelyn Savage -- the woman whose father claims she's being held captive in an R. Kelly run "cult" -- has a direct message for her fam -- SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

In a video obtained by TMZ, Joycelyn slams her father, Tim Savage, for going to the media with his allegations. She reiterates she's happy where she is, and also strongly hints her father knows more than he's letting on ... regarding her relationship with Kelly.

Joycelyn insists her dad is embarrassing her, and she can't believe he's taken things this far. Although, she's outdoors in this video she still won't give up her location -- she says for "safety reasons."

R. Kelly has denied Tim Savage's allegations.

Ice Cube Rejects T.O. ... For Big3 League

7/18/2017 3:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Terrell Owens is gettin' the cold shoulder from Ice Cube ... 'cause the ex-NFL superstar's plea to join the Big3 has been officially shut down by the league's founding father himself.

ICYMI -- We talked to T.O. last week about wanting to join ex-NBA hoopers like Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups and Ricky Davis in Cube's new 3-on-3 league ... and he said he was 100% serious about joining in on the fun.



But Cube was quick to shut down the idea ... telling TMZ Sports T.O. ain't exempt from Rule #1 of the Big 3 -- ex-NBA players ONLY!!

So it looks like it's back to the celebrity games and the Drew League for T.O.'s hoop dreams.

That's cold, Cube ... 

Charlamagne tha God R. Kelly's Trash ... He's Gotta Go!!!

7/18/2017 3:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly is an unsexy, unsavory person who's been getting a pass for way too long ... according to Tiffany Haddish and Charlamagne tha God.

The "Girls Trip" star and the co-host of "The Breakfast Club" were at Heavvy Set's No Kid Hungry event in NYC ... when they went off about the latest Kelly allegations -- that he's keeping women in a "cult." They both wonder why the public keeps letting him off the hook.

Their point is ... other celebs have been ousted from "the culture" for doing far less than Kelly -- and they really take issue with his self-dubbed nickname.

Not all pied pipers should be followed ... in their eyes.

Madonna My Tupac Letter Was Jacked! Files Order to Block Auction

7/18/2017 2:18 PM PDT
Breaking News

5:35 PM PT -- According to a report, a judge in NYC just ordered the auction site to remove the items.

4:07 PM PT -- A spokesperson for Gotta Have Rock and Roll website and Lutz tells TMZ, "Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be a completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property. We believe that her intent is nothing more than to besmirch the good reputations of the auction house and Ms. Lutz. Madonna's allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course."Madonna isn't gonna sit back and watch her jailhouse letter from Tupac get sold in an auction ... because she says it was jacked from her home.

Madge filed an emergency court order Tuesday in NYC to block the website gottahaverockandroll.com from hawking the letter and a ton of other personal memorabilia -- including personally worn panties.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Madonna says she was blindsided by the auction, and says she never knew some of these items were no longer in her possession. Madonna believes a former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz, betrayed her by taking the loot. 

We broke the story ... Pac wrote an extremely revealing letter from prison explaining why he had to end his relationship with Madonna -- because she was white and continuing the relationship would hurt his image.

According to the docs -- first reported by the Daily News -- the Tupac letter, a pair of her "personally worn panties," letters from her pal, Rosie O'Donnell, and several other handwritten notes to family members were never sold or gifted to anyone.

Bottom line -- it's a material world, she's a material girl ... and she wants her stuff.

Eva Longoria Hey, Hubby ... Like What You See?

7/18/2017 12:34 PM PDT

Eva Longoria and her husband's honeymoon phase still seems to be in full swing after more than a year of marriage -- boobs in the face will do that!

Eva and her media mogul hubby, Jose Baston, hit the beach in Marbella, Spain Tuesday ... and he had a particularly nice view as she helped him up from the water.

The couple tied the knot in May 2016 and show no signs of slowing down with the fun activities.

Now this is effective marriage counseling.

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